‘He plays on the edge and has to realise the importance of managing games at times’ – Man United player warned to watch his temper

Hannibal Mejbri
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Manchester United loanee Hannibal Mejbri received a warning from Birmingham boss John Eustace after narrowly avoiding a red card during their 2-0 victory over QPR on Friday.

Mejbri was substituted early in the second half as Eustace believed he was in danger of being sent-off.

The Birmingham manager has since suggested that Mejbri will need to learn to control his aggression on the pitch in future.

After the game, Eustace said: “I was contemplating bringing him off at half time if I am going to be honest.

“I spoke to him spoke to the staff, he assured me he’d be OK. I think it lasted about four minutes.

“It’s something we have got to watch but he plays on the edge, that’s why he’s so good, a top player.

“I am certainly not going to stop him from doing what he does but he has to realise the importance of managing the games at times.

“He is a 19-year-old footballer, he is learning his trade and we are going to speak to him about it for sure.

“There were lots of cynical fouls going on in the first half from both teams, Hanni got booked early on, I get that.

“He didn’t get sent off so it makes no difference to me, we brought him off because he was running the risk and that’s it.

“He might have got sent off on another day and when he made that tackle I thought ‘I have got to get him off’.”